成人の日

12 Jan

今日は成人の日 (Today is Adult’s Day).

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Some girls dressed in kimono for their 成人式 (Adults Day ceremony).

I wrote about this holiday here and here.

All around Japan on this day, there are many twenty year old young people dressed up (girls in 振袖 (formal kimono for single women) and young men in suits usually (some men wear (kimono for men))).

After their 成人式 (Adults Day ceremony), many of them will go to a photo studio with their family to have their portrait taken…and then they usually go somewhere to celebrate with friends.
In Tokyo*, you can see many young people in their kimono at 東京ディズニーランド (Tokyo Disneyland).

(*Well, actually near Tokyo. Tokyo Disneyland is actually in 千葉県 (Chiba Prefecture, near Tokyo). 成田空港 (Tokyo Int’l Airport) is, too.)

Alot of the twenty-year-olds will go drinking with their friends, too. Twenty is the legal drinking age in Japan.

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Today, my wife and two youngest daughters went shopping. My oldest daughter and I are staying home…she needs to study for her upcoming high-school entrance exam.

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Yesterday was 鏡開き (Kagami-biraki).

Click here to read a post I wrote about it.

So for breakfast yesterday, my wife made 汁粉 (Shiruko).

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My wife made this 汁粉. It was very good.

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Yesterday was also my second daughter’s fourteenth birthday.
She got an I-pod® and some clothes for her birthday presents. We also went to a restaurant for her birthday dinner yesterday evening.

I can’t hardly believe that she’s already 14!

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As I mentioned above, my oldest daughter has two high-school entrance exams coming up.
She studies hard…and, as many Japanese kids her age do, she attends 学習塾 (Special cram school) after school twice a week for extra study.

All three of my kids do quite well in school. Much better than their father did when he was a student (more like their mother). 🙂

After breakfast yesterday, we went to 亀戸天神 (Kameido Tenjin Shrine) for wish for my daughter’s good luck in her upcoming entrance exams.

亀戸天神 (Kameido Tenjin Shrine) is one of the shrines in Japan dedicated to a deity of knowledge and study.
Most Japanese people don’t actually believe in deities…it’s just a tradition.

The 亀戸天神 (Kameido Tenjin Shrine) is fairly famous. The well-known 浮世絵 (ukiyoe) artist 広重 (Hiroshige) painted it (as did a few other artists):

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Hiroshige's ukiyoe of Kameido-Tenjin

Here’s a recent photo of the same scene (still looks the same centuries later):

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Another thing that this temple is famous for is a festival in January called 「鷽替え」 (Uso-kae).
Uso is the Japanese name for the “Bullfinch” bird. And 替え kae means “change”.
But it’s a play on words because 嘘 (uso (written with a different kanji character)) means “a lie”.

At this festival, people bring in the wooden Bullfinch statue that they bought last year and have it burned…and then they buy a new one. It represents a clean slate for any lies you’ve told the previous years and a eagerness to do better this year. (Actually, in Japan all New Years ornaments from the previous year are meant to be burnt at a shrine before new ones are bought for a new year.)

Near the 亀戸天神 (Kameido Tenjin Shrine), I saw this large Bullfinch as a post on the road-railing that looks like the smaller wooden ones that people can buy:

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On the way to the temple, we passed a store that was selling the American potato-chips “Pringles” in different flavors.
I didn’t buy any, but I wonder: Do they sell these flavors in others countries?

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マスタード・マヨネーズ・ポテト (Mustard Mayo Potato)

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フェタ・チーズ (Feta Cheese)

As with all shrines in Japan, 亀戸天神 (Kameido Tenjin Shrine) sells 絵馬 (wooden plates) on which you write a wish and hang near the shrine.

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Here’s the 絵馬 (wooden plate) that I bought for my daughter:

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She wrote:

高校合格できますように。

Which means “I hope to pass into high school.”

Then she hung it here:

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As we were leaving the shrine, we passed by this フグ (blowfish) restaurant.
They serve フグ刺 (blowfish sashimi (raw blowfish)).

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フグ (blowfish)

Chefs that prepare フグ刺 (blowfish sashimi) need a special license because フグ (blowfish) has a deadly poison gland and if it’s pierced, it poisons the food.

Anyways, after that we went to a shopping mall (because girls love shopping) and then to a restaurant for my second daughter’s birthday dinner.

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19 Responses to “成人の日”

  1. alice January 13, 2012 at 4:16 pm #

    HI Tokyo Five,
    You could see the fugu swimming in the aquarium from the outside of the restaurant?

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    • tokyo5 January 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm #

      >You could see the fugu swimming in the aquarium from the outside of the restaurant?

      Yes. Most every Fugu restaurant in Japan has the fishtank with the blowfish visible from the front of the restaurant,

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  2. tokyo5 January 18, 2009 at 5:33 pm #

    undercovergaijin…

    If you think that’s odd sounding…how about 「大学いも味」 (“College Potato-flavor“) Kit-Kat?
    https://tokyo5.wordpress.com/2009/01/03/sugamo/

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  3. undercovergaijin January 18, 2009 at 11:39 am #

    i’ve been around theblock a couple of times haha.

    it actually sounds quite nice, and i do like it in sandwhiches when the two mix together, its just odd to see the 2 words put together.

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  4. tokyo5 January 17, 2009 at 2:57 pm #

    undercovergaijinさん、

    Have you been to many countries?

    Does “Mustard Mayo” sound bad to you?
    Maybe I’ve been in Japan so long I’m used to it…because it sounds good to me! 😉

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  5. undercovergaijin January 17, 2009 at 11:54 am #

    i can honestly say, that in all my travels, i have never ever come aross anything, let alone pringles, of the “mustard mayo” flavour.

    it must be like the local kitkat flavours, you just wont findthem anywhere else in the world.

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  6. tokyo5 January 14, 2009 at 12:29 am #

    Sir Pent…

    Thanks.

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  7. tokyo5 January 14, 2009 at 12:29 am #

    umepontarou…

    >My cousin is 20 this year, so she cerebrated this 成人式 🙂
    I can’t believe that she is already that age…

    Yes, time goes by fast. I can’t believe my daughters are teenagers!

    >I hope your daughter passes entrance exam to high school.

    Thank you.

    >I did go to Juku to study extra too when I was in Junior high.

    It’s common in Japan.

    >Nice photos, btw

    Thank you.

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  8. Sir Pent January 13, 2009 at 11:13 am #

    Happy Birthday to your daughter and good luck with that entrance exam.

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  9. umepontarou January 13, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    My cousin is 20 this year, so she cerebrated this 成人式 🙂
    I can’t believe that she is already that age…

    I hope your daughter passes entrance exam to high school. I did go to Juku to study extra too when I was in Junior high.

    Nice photos, btw 🙂

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  10. tokyo5 January 13, 2009 at 2:15 am #

    Mom…

    >did middle one enjoy her trip to Disney?

    Yes, of course. They love Disneyland!

    >she went just w/ friends?

    Yes. Her and four friends.
    My oldest has been to Disneyland with just friends before too. Next year, the youngest will want to do the same too, I’m sure.

    >What was the breakfast that your wife made consistent of?

    It’s mainly Japanese An beans and mochi (which you and Dad didn’t like (I was surprised)).

    >I love the painting of the shrine.

    That’s a ukiyoe (woodblock print).

    >you will have to watch as all of your daughters go through this too.

    Yes. They grow up too fast!

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  11. Mom January 13, 2009 at 2:05 am #

    It sounds like “S” had a really nice birthday! I wish we could be there w/ all of you to celebrate it.
    I’m not surprised to hear that all the girls do well in school. I’m sure the oldest will make it into high school. I’m sure you feel that way too. wow, they do study a lot. They must love school!
    did middle one enjoy her trip to Disney? she went just w/ friends? it must have been lots of fun for her.
    What was the breakfast that your wife made consistent of? I still remember how delicious the bread was!
    of course we have so many flavors of pringles now that it makes it harder to decide which flavor to get. when I do buy them, which is very unusual for me, I go for the original.
    I love the painting of the shrine. and the photo of all the beautiful young ladies in their kimonos. that must be a big day for them. you will have to watch as all of your daughters go through this too. that will be a hard day for you. actually it will mostly be a day of mixed emotions. you will be very proud of the woman they have become but also very sad to see how fast they grow up.
    we love you all. Mom

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  12. tokyo5 January 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm #

    bartman905…

    Yeah, at New Years everyone goes to a shrine…on 世人の日 (Adults Day), only twenty-year old.
    So, the crowds are alot bigger on New Years.

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  13. bartman905 January 12, 2009 at 10:24 pm #

    > Did you go to 明治神宮 (Meiji Grand Shrine) today?

    Yes I did – there were a lot of people, but I didn’t think it was too crowded. There were certainly a lot less people today compared to New Years Day when I tried to visit (but never got in).

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  14. tokyo5 January 12, 2009 at 9:29 pm #

    Did you go to 明治神宮 (Meiji Grand Shrine) today?

    It’s a popular shrine…must’ve been crowded.

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  15. bartman905 January 12, 2009 at 9:15 pm #

    Unlike January 1, I was able to visit Meiji Shrine on Adult’s Day. It was busy with many dressed up 20 year olds of course, but there were still New Years activities going on.

    Anyway, I took a lot of pictures which I need to upload and write about in my blog soon.

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  16. Eric January 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm #

    Thanks for the recon intel.

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  17. tokyo5 January 12, 2009 at 4:42 pm #

    Eric…

    I know you like all the different Pringles flavors…I took those two photos for you.

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  18. Eric January 12, 2009 at 4:25 pm #

    Those Pringles look so good. I wish I could be eating them right now while reading this post!

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